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Inspiring Stories from Plano

The heart of our mission at VoyageDallas is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out the rising stars of Plano and surrounding areas below.

Darryl Adams Jr.

Carolina February 1997, I was a little black boy trying to figure out who I wanted to be for my debut in our church’s Black History Month Program. In years prior, I had participated in the program, but with minimal effort needed on my end. You know just the typical dressing up as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or Malcolm X and just 1-2 speaking lines I had to learn. But this year… 1997 was my year to show my talent, but more importantly. Read more>>

Jacob Grapevine

I was blessed to have both a great dentist and an orthodontist. In the summers, I was allowed to volunteer at the dental office, and this even leads to a summer job at the office. These moments were valuable and helped me decide to pursue dentistry for a career. I attended Texas A&M University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a minor in business. From there, I attended the #1 dental school in the country at The University of Texas at San Antonio Health Science Center. Read more>>

Dawood Tafsir

I think everyone has an interesting story, but mine starts like many others. I used to run around with my mom’s phone and my uncles’ point-and-shoot camera, taking photos non-stop. At the time, I thought nothing of it; it was more of a cool thing to me, to be one of those guys making the movies. My dreams and aspirations at the time were to make it to Hollywood and be the best film maker ever to live. Read more>>

Viktoria Pascador

I was born and raised on the Black Sea Coast of Ukraine. I moved to America in 2001 and lived in New York City, where I enrolled at the Atelier Esthetique Institute of Esthetics on Park Avenue to pursue my lifelong passion for skincare and beauty. At this school, I was educated by the top skincare instructor in the United States, with over 30 years of experience in European beauty treatments. Read more>>

Jessica Overbey

I have been dabbling in creativity as long as I can remember. I have my mom to thank for introducing me to sewing and crafting as a means to keep me occupied as a child. A lot of kids tend to drop the craft and art phase of their life, but it stuck with me, and I have been interested in it since. In my preteen to late teen years, I took up digital and traditional art and became involved in multiple online art communities. Read more>>

Dontae Smiley

I got my first national training certification with NCSF (National Council of Strength and Fitness) and attained multiple specialty certifications with them as well! I have worked at Texas Family Fitness as a CPT, which was my first training job about six years ago. From there, I was blessed with the opportunity to become a fitness director at an LA Fitness, which I accepted and immediately hated—finding out grass ain’t always greener on the other side with this. Read more>>

Vandell Andrew

I started playing music at the age of 13 at a local jazz summer camp in New Orleans. Shortly after, I started high school and had the opportunity to be a part of the St. Augustine High School Marching 100. I marched in the band (playing the alto saxophone) for four years. During my four years at St.Aug, we traveled and played music all over the United States. It was then that I realized that I wanted to pursue music as my career. Read more>>

Brandi Barnett

I’ve always been an avid reader and writer. I guess I have always associated music and writing with some form of freedom. I had developed the characters of my books before I had written the body. The characteristics of my books are depictions is my loved one. However, the story line may not apply to the character. I’ve decided to create a Live Photo album. As a school counselor, books are needing to be written. Read more>>

Brittany Rodriguez

I was there 14 years with a very successful program but wanted something different. I didn’t agree with where public schooling was headed. My husband, who I just married in 2017, was job hunting and came across Ninja Nation, so I decided to apply for their arena manager position. I ended up getting the job in August right as volleyball season was starting. Then on December 20, I was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Read more>>

Joni Reed

I started my career in volunteer management fresh out of college and was hired as the volunteer coordinator for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County. It was an incredible opportunity to work for a non-profit and manage volunteers in multiple capacities. I had a wonderful mentor, George Farr, the former CEO of Children’s Medical Center, point me in the direction of hospital volunteer management. Read more>>

Amy Ciecka

I have always enjoyed sewing since I was little. My mother and grandmother taught me at an early age how to cross stitch and do all sorts of things with a needle and thread. After I got married, I got in to quilting as my mother-in-law and her sister (who lived near us at the time) were really in to quilting as well. After having my twins, I put the quilting aside until I had time for that. Right before the twins’ 2nd birthday. Read more>>

Azmina Pirani

I have always had a love for art and entrepreneurship, but never thought of putting it to work. I have a degree in Healthcare Administration Management and always assumed that was what I was supposed to do. Frisco Family Arts were all an accident. I used to manage a private art school while attending college when one day, a parent asked me to face paint for his child’s birthday party. Read more>>

Olivia Tesauro

One of my friends in high school was a photographer, we would do our own little shoots, and that’s how I fell in love with it. I started reaching out to other local photographers, and now here I am. Read more>>

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